Inspirational YOU, Southbank University

Published: Monday, July 11, 2011 7:33 | Review by: Vernia Mengot |
Sinem Bilen-Onabanj, Jodie Dalmeda, Edna Agbarha,Sonia Meggie, Linda Asafo-Agyei, Tenneka Campbell and Sophia A Jackson - © Olmec Photography Sinem Bilen-Onabanj, Jodie Dalmeda, Edna Agbarha,Sonia Meggie, Linda Asafo-Agyei, Tenneka Campbell and Sophia A Jackson - © Olmec Photography

Afridiziak/Lime editor speaks on leading ladies panel at Inspirational YOU

Inspirational YOU was an insightful event for both young and aspiring minds. On Saturday 25th June 2011, London Southbank University played host to budding business experts, fashion and media minds. Who work behind some of the world's top industries in media, marketing fashion and PR, publishing, law, finance and corporate business.

The day was jam packed with seminars and workshops delivered by experts and industry insiders, who shared their experiences in life and their career journeys. Many who attended Inspirational YOU were students, professionals and entrepreneurs. Others were those who just simply wondered 'what's next in life?'

The organisation Inspirational YOU is a not-for profit organisation that began with the hope to inspire everyone and "promote and increase their skills base in a positive and professional environment". Founded by Sonia Meggie it has since gone on to hold regular events to promote enterprise in young people featuring entrepreneurs and professionals who help to lead, inspire and support people in the UK.

As guests arrived at the London University, they were welcomed by stalls of exhibitors showcasing their business ventures, including fashion and textiles, bespoke handmade jewellery, books, greeting cards and help and advice.

A fashion show and seminar in aide of charity organisation African-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) invited guests to watch a live catwalk of some of the UK's upcoming and well established designer's latest collections.

The show was organised by Denise Brown, hosted by Andrea-Mae and guests were entertained by music by DJ Masherelly. Fashion designer Fayankoso, who featured in the show had been mentored by the likes of Sir David Jones, the collection was feminine and unique; and inspirations for the pieces were drawn from nature. Other designers such Embellished UK, Concrete Rose, Individual, DK Darlington, Kamondi Couture, Danielle Laine and Anike Midele inspired the audience with such tasteful and creative collections. One collection by Zed Eye was influenced by the 1920's and 40's with some of their designers featured in publications such as ELLE, Grazia and the Metro. Singer Kelis has also worn an outfit from Zed Eye's line.

Several inspirational workshops where held on the day, and visitors were encouraged to participate in Q&A's with some of the leading experts invited as speakers to the event. Including Seven great ways to always be motivated, working with the media and what do men really think? Lime/Afridiziak editor Sophia A Jackson was also on the Leading Ladies panel alongside Jodie Dalmeda (Head of Media & Artist Management at Virgin Unite), Linda Asafo-Agyei (VP at Barclay Wealth), Tenneka Campbell (Floor Manager at ITN), Sinem Bilen-Onabanjo (Editor-in-chief, Fab Magazine) and Edna Agbarha (Business Psychologist / BBC Apprentice contestant). It was a truly inspiring event and many life lessons were taught if not learnt. I for one believe that it was a true eye-opener.

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